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The people and the books: 18 classics of Jewish literature

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"An essential exploration of a rich literary tradition from the Bible to modern times, by a "rare literary authority" (New York Times Book Review). Jews have long embraced their identity as "the people of the book." But outside of the Bible, much of the Jewish literary tradition remains little known. The People and the Books shows how central questions and themes of our history and culture are reflected in the Jewish literary canon: the nature of God, the right way to understand the Bible, the relationship of the Jews to their Promised Land, and the challenges of living as a minority in Diaspora. Adam Kirsch explores eighteen classic texts including the biblical books of Deuteronomy and Esther, the philosophy of Maimonides, the autobiography of the medieval businesswoman Gluckel of Hameln, and the Zionist manifestos of Theodor Herzl. From the Jews of ancient Rome to the mystical devotees of Hasidism in Eastern Europe, The People and the Books brings the treasures of Jewish literature to life and offers new ways to think about their enduring power and influence"--
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subject_facetBible. -- Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Jewish literature -- History and criticism
title_displayThe people and the books : 18 classics of Jewish literature
title_fullThe People and the Books 18 Classics of Jewish Literature
The people and the books : 18 classics of Jewish literature / Adam Kirsch
title_shortThe people and the books
title_sub18 classics of Jewish literature
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History
History and criticism
Jewish literature
Literary Criticism
Nonfiction
Religion & Spirituality